Adeleke Loses All, As Hussein Emerges as APC Candidate

Mudashiru Hussein  has emerged the flag bearer of  the All Progressives  Congress for Osun West Senatorial District bye-election. Hussein,  who was earlier disqualified by the APC screening committee and appeal committee, was eventually cleared by the National Working Committee of the party to contest the election. Although the former senator was unopposed in the primary election held in Osogbo, he scored 2, 412 votes. The  younger brother of late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, Demola, had  defected to Peoples Democratic Party   on Tuesday evening. Demola, who was  also unopposed,  emerged  the PDP…

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2017 Ankara Carnival: LASG Plans Big

The Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government has made its plans known to begin the resuscitation of moribund Ankara textile industries in the state, with the aim of giving a facelift to the ‘Ankara’ fabric, which has gained popularity in the global fashion scene and to provide job opportunities for millions of unemployed youths.  This was disclosed during the week in Lagos, at a press conference, to herald the forthcoming Lagos Ankara Carnival 2017, slated for September 2-9, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.  According to the chief host…

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SERAP Kicks Against Saraki’s Acquittal

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has faulted the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal charges, saying the acquittal “suggest serious shortcomings” in Nigeria’s criminal justice system. The CCT on Wednesday dismissed the 18-count of false asset declaration against Saraki following his no-case submission. But SERAP, in a statement by its deputy director Timothy Adewale on Thursday, said that the acquittal seriously weakened the notion that high-ranking public office holders accused of corruption would be held accountable. It said, “The acquittal yesterday of the Senate…

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Acting President, Osinbajo meets with Emir Sanusi

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, met behind closed-doors at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The emir arrived Osinbajo’s office at exactly 2:40pm. The meeting lasted until 4:50 pm when the monarch came out from the Acting President’s office. When approached for comment by State House Correspondents, Sanusi declined to comment, concentrating instead in exchanging pleasantries with some presidential aides and workers in the Vice Presidential wing of the State House. No official reason was given for the meeting. Osinbajo begun series…

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Osun; The Battle Within

By Bayo Bernard While dust raised by the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke in the Osun state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC   is yet to settle the party is now embroiled in full a blown crisis, over who replaces the former governor in the Upper Chamber, Senate in Abuja. The primary election organized by the party to pick its candidate for the senatorial bye-election slated for August 4 is the major predicament now rocking the party. Adeleke died of suspected food poisoning early last month. He had…

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Fraudulent DISCOs

By Oji Odu Barely hours into the directive by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for electricity consumers who have not yet been metered by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) after several warnings to stop payment of all forms of estimated electricity bills, some of them have now been metered. Where did these unavailable meters appear from? In a statement jointly signed by Heads of their Corporate Communications, Messrs Felix Ofulue and Godwin Idemudia, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) and Ikeja Electric (IE) while clearing the air on the directive…

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The secession of Kaduna

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai has finally proved that he is a master of doublespeak when he declared that every inhabitant of the state must have a resident permit. This is coming on the heels of the Northern youths declaration that Igbos should leave the North before October 1 this year. Although initially el-Rufai chided the Northern youths, some members of who are above 73 years, for having the effrontery to make such a declaration, ordering the police to arrest them, facts on ground points to his complicity in…

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Presidency Dialogues with Northern Elders

L-R; Sheik Bala Lau speaking as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate Mallam Abba Kyari, President of the SenateDr Bukola Saraki, Speaker Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara and NSA Major General Bbagana Mongonu during a meeting with leaders from the Northern States over hate speeches and several agitation at the State house in Abuja.

By Yemi Osinbajo Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo meets Northern leaders to douse tension in the country Read full text of the speech below: I’m pleased to welcome all who are here today, cross-section of elders from the Northern states of Nigeria. It is also important to point out that there are, of course people who would qualify for the same description, the description of very respected thought leaders, but certainly, we cannot have everyone. Some we could not even reach but, more importantly we wanted to have a small number…

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Drumbeat Of War, Osinbajo Meets leaders of Thought

By Stephen Ubanna For months , there had been the  drumbeat of war occasioned by hate speeches and agitation for secession from different parts of the country. The situation was so bad that Ibrahim Gambari , Nigeria former Representative in the United Nations and Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state warned that Nigeria cannot afford another civil war. Yemi Osinbajo, acting President, who is worried about the hate speeches and agitations and its implication to the polity kick started series of consultations with leaders of thought , religious and traditional…

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CCT: Senate, Kwara Jubilate over Saraki’s Victory

  By Bayo Bernard On the first day of his arraignment in September 2015 Senate President Bukola Saraki predicted that the charges against him will not stand the test of time. Among other reasons the banker turned politician disclosed at the time that some powerful individuals who were unhappy with his position as Senate President and were out to rubbish him. “We therefore conclude that this is not an anti-corruption driven case and cannot be part of the moves aimed at fighting corruption. It is simply a pure malicious and…

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London Fire: One tragedy too many

Since the British government muted and carried out the idea of exit from the the European Union, generally called Brexit, it has been one tragedy or the order in Queen’s country. The latest of these is currently the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.The inferno has burnt overnight, and the firefighters had responded within eight minutes of…

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Osun Bye- Election: Adeleke’s Brother Defects to PDP

An All Progressives Congress aspirant in the Osun-West senatorial district, Chief Ademola Adeleke, may have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party to contest the July 8 senatorial by-election. A chieftain of the PDP, who pleaded anonymity, said this while speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, on Tuesday. The PDP chieftain said Adeleke would contest on the platform of the opposition party. He said, “We have been talking to our leaders and members on this. We want to win this election and we know that he is popular. Adeleke will…

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Nollywood Stars Pay Tribute to Late Moji Olaiya

Days after being interned, accolades continues to pour in on Mojisola Olaiya even in death. Late Nollywood actress, Mojisola Christiana Raimat Olaiya who died on 18th May 2017, exactly 2 months after she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in Canada has been buried.  She was buried at Ebony Vault, Ikoyi, Lagos last Wednesday 6th June 2017. However, what Moji will be remembered for is the legacy she left behind which many of her colleagues, including the legends and veterans in the Yoruba movie industry are talking about. At…

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Sahara Reporters Claim Aisha Buhari Did Not See Her Husband In London

Sahara Reporters has dropped another bombshell. The Online medium alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was not allowed to see his wife during her recent visit to the United Kingdom. This the online platform claimed was disclosed by presidential sources.   In the stunning disclosure, the sources affirmed that the president has been kept away from several of his aides and even those bodyguards who supposedly traveled with him.  Furthermore, SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for several weeks following his departure from Abuja…

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EFCC Gives Reason for Storming Sun Office

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says that its presence in the early hours of Monday, June 12, 2017 at the head office of the Sun Newspaper in Lagos was to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order. Legal opinion as to whether the commission had the right to be at the property is however unclear as the newspaper maintains that the matter is still very much under determination in court. EFCC, however, says that its visit lasted for…

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JODER HOLDS PEACE SUMMIT IN ABUJA

Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER) with support from FORD Foundation, West Africa Region is organizing a one-day peace summit in Abuja, the federal capital territory with the theme: “Promoting Peace, Democracy and Stability in Nigeria through the Media, Socio-Cultural Institutions and Youth Driven Community Based Groups.” to advocate the need for conflict management and peace building approaches across the country. The aim of the summit which holds at Denis Hotel, Plot 910, Ndjamena Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on Wednesday, 14th June, 2017 is to promote…

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MEDIA GROUP ADVOCATES FOR PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE IN KADUNA

For months now, Kaduna State is confronted with violence and unnecessary bloodletting. There are killings on-going in southern Kaduna, in which thousands of people have been killed from 1999 to date. Both the rich and the poor have not been spared in the killing spree. Nigeria is a plural society. For lasting peace, there must be justice. Every religion and culture should realize the need to coexist without one imposing its values on the other. Nigeria is facing a huge dilemma in the context of the national question which has…

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Buhari’s Return Still in Doubt

President Muhammadu Buhari, will not return to Nigeria from his medical leave in the United Kingdom, UK, anytime soon, according to Reuters Africa. Presidency sources, initially said that Buhari would return last Saturday, but that was not the case. The report claims Buhari’s UK Doctors have to carry out a test on him, on Monday, and the results will determine when he will return to Nigeria. Recall, that his wife, Aisha, traveled to the UK on May 30, to see the President, who has been out of the country since…

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AIG Imue Warns Port Criminals

By Bayo Bernard The first task of the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG of Police, Maritime Police Command, Pius Immue is to clean the Augean stables of the ports where miscreants and criminals operates without encumbrances. In spite of claims by various security agencies working in the Lagos ports for instance, men of the underworld still continue with their criminal activities unhindered. Major crimes existing in the ports include, forgery, burglary, document falsification and cargo stealing. Whereas these crimes are committed sometimes, in the full glare of security agencies…

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Acting President, Osinbajo Gets President Buhari’s Backing to Sign 2017 Budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to go ahead and sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a two-paragraph statement on Monday. Shehu said Buhari who is currently receiving medical attention in London, the United Kingdom believed that it was in the interest of the nation’s economy for Osinbajo to sign the document without further delay. He said Buhari’s directive was conveyed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning,…

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